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Jobs

Flex Jobs
Most advanced search options; focus on part-time and temporary work. 

Skip the Drive
Search by multiple categories, including entry-level, flexible, and part-time; positions in many fields. 

We Work Remotely
Search by job category; mostly full-time options but contract work and part-time as well.  

And here are some more specialized sites which offer job opportunities with minimal or no experience required...

Teach English as a Second Language

Teach Away 
Eight online platforms for teaching English as a second language. Many opportunities with flexible hours with pay $19-$25 per hour. Most require fluency in English and a Bachelor’s Degree. 

College Essay Coaching

Prompt
Applications will open in April. 4-hour-per-week minimum time commitment when volume allows, and applicants who are generally available 10+ hours a week are prioritized. Each paper has an associated fixed payment, based on the paper’s length and the editor’s pay tier. Trainees are paid an effective rate of $20 per hour, and full members $25-28 per hour. The average editor earns around $5,000 for the admissions season, with many earning $10,000+. 

Transcription

SpeakWrite 
Flexible hours; 15 hours per month minimum. Typists are paid one-half cent per word, with some shifts offering a 10% bonus. Payment is made twice a month.

Audio Transcription Center
Flexible hours, paid weekly, choose your own schedule. Transcribe oral history interviews (with WWII veterans, women in academia, farmers, midwives…), focus groups, financial forecasts or quarterly reports, tech webinars, commencement addresses, interviews about NGO work, educational reform or health care access, or anything else you could think of, and even occasionally TV shows. Typing skills required, but no experience necessary.

Rev 
Flexible hours. Paid weekly via PayPal for all work completed. Range of pay for transcription is $0.30-$1.10 per minute of audio/video; range of pay for captioning is $0.54-$1.10 per minute of audio/video. Typing skills required, but no experience necessary.

GMR Transcriptors
Flexible hours. Transcriptionists typically earn between $1,000 to $3,000 per month, depending on skillset and the type of work you choose to take on. Typing skills required, but no experience necessary.

Here’s where you can file for unemployment, and some good things to know...

Labor.NY.Gov
NYS is waiving the seven-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name. If your last name starts with A - F, file your claim on Monday. For last names starting with G - N, file your claim on Tuesday. For last names starting with O - Z, file your claim on Wednesday. If you missed your filing day, file your claim on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. 

Emergency Grants

Hilary Teachout Grants

Available for artists who need financial assistance due to COVID-19. Right now the cap is $500 per grant, and they're accepting donations to fund the grants on an ongoing basis.  

Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation
Accepting applications through April 14. Artists will be randomly selected, and may submit only one time. Offering up to 40 emergency grants of $2500, but this is subject to change. 
You are eligible to enter the lottery for a grant of $2500 from the Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation if you are:
1) A playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist
2) Have had a full professional production (defined for these purposes as a LORT, Off-Broadway, or Broadway full production, not a reading or workshop) of which you are a writer that was cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 closures. 

CERF+
Includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment, after a career-threatening emergency such as illness. Artists interested in CERF+ emergency assistance must first complete an inquiry form. If it is determined that you may be eligible for assistance, you will be invited to apply for assistance. Before filling out an emergency assistance inquiry form, carefully read through the eligibility criteria and supporting documentation requirements.

Dramatists Guild 
The Dramatists Guild is providing a number of members-only resources to the entire community for free. Artists will be able to use their new online Resource Directory, and Resource Calendar, and have access to past issues of The Dramatist. If you are in need of assistance, and wish to join the Guild as a theatre writer, but do not have the financial resources to do so, please contact them at questions@dramatistsguild.com. They will find a way to help you.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Created a temporary fund to meet the needs of artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as our Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus.

Indie Theater Fund Covid19 Emergency Grant
Unrestricted rapid relief grants to indie theater companies and individual artists in need due to the financial strain of closings etc related to Covid19. Grants of up to $500 on an on-going basis until funds run out.  

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
Provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories.

Authors League Fund
Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune. The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers with dignity by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses. Repayment of this emergency support is not required. 

PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund
The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional— published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis. Depending on the situation and level of need, grants are in the range of $2,000.

Mayer Foundation
For residents of New York City. Economic relief grants to needy individuals who are distressed or suffering as a result of poverty, low income or lack of financial resources, including as a result of natural or civil disasters, or from temporary impoverishment, loss of employment, death or incapacity of a family wage earner or damage to home and property; to provide health care to those who cannot afford health care or whose health insurance or financial resources are insufficient to cover medical needs. 

Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program
The Actors Fund provides services and financial support to entertainment professionals facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.

Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program
The Actors Fund provides services and financial support to entertainment professionals facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.

Musicians Foundation
The Musicians Foundation provides grants to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.

For even more resources...
Creative Capital List of Artist Resources
NYFA Performing Arts Resources

If you can help, here’s how...

Trickle Up
Subscribe monthly for original content from your favorite artists! Goal is to get 10,000 subscribers at $10 a month, and every month give $10,000 to 10 different artists affected by the Covid-19 cancelations. And every month 10 new artists in need will get $10,000. If they surpass this goal, more people will get help.

NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund
Raising funds for New York freelance artists affected by the pandemic. Artists fill out a survey, and funds are distributed based on demonstrated need.

Artist Relief Tree
Raising funds for freelance artists. Offering a one-off, first-come-first-served $250 “solidarity donation” for all artists who apply and meet basic criteria. 

Broadway Cares 
Help entertainment professionals meet coronavirus-related expenses and other challenges brought about by the evolving pandemic. Support goes to urgent additional resources for the vital social service programs of The Actors Fund, including emergency financial assistance, health insurance, counseling and the operation of The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts.

Dramatists Guild Foundation  
If you are financially stable, please consider donating to the Dramatists Guild Foundation to help those who are at risk. The DGF is responding to dramatists in crisis, as it does every single day: providing emergency grants to writers in need. Every arts service organization wants to help; few can do it so effectively. Please help us replenish this essential fund.

And a little something lovely to keep you going: @theatrewithouttheater, a nightly theatrical broadcast aiming to fill the current artistic void at curtain time.